Consensus top-100 guard Roddy Gayle announced his final six NCAA Basketball programs this week along with an expected announcement date.
Combo guard Roddy Gayle made a big announcement this week regarding his NCAA Basketball recruitment status and where things are expected to go in the coming future. Gayle indicated he was down to a final six of Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Big East members Marquette, Georgetown, and Connecticut.
Each school left on his list has had a proven track record of producing stars in college basketball, let alone talented guards. In addition to an update on his recruitment, Gayle also indicated he would be making his final decision this Friday on November 13th.
A playmaker at its finest, Gayle has the potential to immediately become a strong asset for his new basketball home. Even at 6’4”, he has quality length and physical advantages over many other guards that have allowed him to become a potent scoring threat. Gayle features a vicious crossover and has little difficulty getting to his spots to put the ball in the basket. He’s very agile and has strong court vision to be able to attack narrow openings in traffic.
Gayle’s jumper is also very strong and his athleticism has helped him to develop effective change of pace moves to beat defenses. However, his explosiveness is not just a tool on the offensive end but rather important towards his high-level defensive production and shot-blocking. With great closing speed, Gayle is disruptive and creates a lot of extra opportunities for his team on defense.
Despite the prevalence of Big East programs on his list, Gayle has opportunities at each of his remaining destinations to make a strong impression during his freshman season. I look at which of his finalists fit his game the best and where he is likely to pick later this week.